A.R.S. § 32-3248.02 requires all healthcare professionals who hold Drug Enforcement Administration certifications to complete a minimum three hours of continuing medical education (“CME”) in an opioid-related, substance-use disorder related, or addiction related course each renewal cycle as part of the annual continuing education requirement for licensure.
This includes any programs recommended by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Medical Association, the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, the Board of Osteopathic Examiners or the Arizona Medical Board.
A comprehensive course is available for free to all Arizona prescribers through The University of Arizona Office of Continuing Medical Education. The course offers six (6) continuing medical education hours in an opioid-related area but only five (5) of the six (6) are relevant.
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Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-829(A), any licensee who wishes to renew their Arizona podiatry license must present evidence satisfactory to the Board that in the year preceding the application for renewal the licensee attended at least twenty-five (25) hours of Board approved continuing education courses or programs.
Continuing medical education ("CME")courses must be completed between July 1 and June 30 for each applicable renewal year. A licensee may tak up to ten (10) hours of CME on the Internet, on a CD-ROM or in podiatric medical literature such as a journal. The licensee's CME report is incorporated into his/her annual license renewal application.
Types of CME courses that are generally approved include hands-on courses in podiatric assessment, anatomy and physiology, surgical techniques, wound care, billing and coding, practice management, ethics, documentation and charting and courses related to medical areas such as diabetes, pharmacology, geriatrics, disease pathology and physical therapy.
Pursuact to A.R.S. § 32-829(C), licensees may request a waiver of CME by submitting satisfactory proof that they were prevented from attending educational programs because of disability, military service or absence from the continental United States.
A.R.S. §§ 15-1756 and 32-3248.02 impose obligations on all students attending medical programs in state that make them eligible for DEA registration to complete a minimum three hours of opioid related clinical education hours and on all healthcare professionals who hold an active Drug Enforcement Administration certifications to complete a minimum three hours of opioid-related, substance-use disorder related or addiction related continuing medical education (“CME”) as part of any continuing education requirements for renewal.